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The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right | [Atul Gawande]

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist.
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The New York Times best-selling author of Better and Complications reveals the surprising power of the ordinary checklist.

We live in a world of great and increasing complexity, where even the most expert professionals struggle to master the tasks they face. Longer training, ever more advanced technologies - neither seems to prevent grievous errors. But in a hopeful turn, acclaimed surgeon and writer Atul Gawande finds a remedy in the humblest and simplest of techniques: the checklist. First introduced decades ago by the U.S. Air Force, checklists have enabled pilots to fly aircraft of mind-boggling sophistication. Now innovative checklists are being adopted in hospitals around the world, helping doctors and nurses respond to everything from flu epidemics to avalanches. Even in the immensely complex world of surgery, a simple 90-second variant has cut the rate of fatalities by more than a third.

In riveting stories, Gawande takes us from Austria, where an emergency checklist saved a drowning victim who had spent half an hour underwater, to Michigan, where a cleanliness checklist in intensive care units virtually eliminated a type of deadly hospital infection. He explains how checklists actually work to prompt striking and immediate improvements. And he follows the checklist revolution into fields well beyond medicine, from disaster response to investment banking, skyscraper construction, and businesses of all kinds.

An intellectual adventure in which lives are lost and saved and one simple idea makes a tremendous difference, The Checklist Manifesto is essential for anyone working to get things right.

©2009 Atul Gawande; (P)2009 Macmillan Audio

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    M. Cooper Vancouver, WA 11-02-11
    M. Cooper Vancouver, WA 11-02-11 Member Since 2007

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    "Great For Doctors"

    The book was good but got very redundant. The book is more of an argument for the use of checklist than suggestion on how to incorporate them. The majority of the book is focused around the use of checklist in medical settings.

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    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 09-04-11
    Marty East Thetford, VT, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2008

    Marty Jacobs consults in the areas of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and community engagement.

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    "More Than Just Checklists"

    Although this book has a decidedly medical perspective (the author is a renowned surgeon, after all), the concepts in the book can be applied to many situations, not just medical ones. Dr. Gawande begins by describing three levels of complexity: simple, complicated, and complex. He then proceeds to outline the checklist manifesto as it applies to complex problems, those in which expertise is valuable but not sufficient for success and outcomes are often uncertain. In any complex situation, one needs to ask the following two questions: 1) Do I have the right knowledge? and 2) Am I applying it correctly? Dr. Gawande’s basic premise is that with complex problems, the power of decision-making must be given to those people who have the appropriate levels of experience and expertise. Moreover, those decision makers must talk to one another and take responsibility for the decision. Complexity no longer allows us to centralize power in any one person.

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    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 08-08-11
    Rebecca FORT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 08-08-11 Member Since 2009
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    "So INTERESTING!"

    Learned a lot about the processes that hold processes together. Such great research went into this book. Loved it. Loved hearing all the details about the research, it all makes so much sense!

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    Brian Redondo Beach, CA, United States 05-11-11
    Brian Redondo Beach, CA, United States 05-11-11 Member Since 2000
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    "Boring and too much babble."

    Could not be anymore boring and dry. This recording could have been compressed into 10 minutes and you you will still understand the information Atul Gawande was trying to say.

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    Anthony Bloomington, MN, United States 03-30-11
    Anthony Bloomington, MN, United States 03-30-11
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    "In the spirit of Freakonomics"

    This was constructed much like Freakonomics, which I liked. It gave stories, examples, and implementation. Perfect.

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    Brent Spokane, WA, United States 01-20-11
    Brent Spokane, WA, United States 01-20-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Healthcare professionals should listen to this."

    We get things right most of the time. This book show a way to get it right all the time.

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    Curt New York, NY, United States 10-28-10
    Curt New York, NY, United States 10-28-10
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    "VA Emergency Department Director review"

    I was able to listen to the book in 3 days walking to and home from work. Essential content is easy to understand and process from audio format and I will build checklists into our practice in NY. Implementing these concepts could improve ED care nationally and are similar to the American Heart Association courses focused on resuscitation and treatment of seriously ill and injured patients. Well done Dr. Gawade.

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    Justin Medicine Hat, AB, Canada 07-29-10
    Justin Medicine Hat, AB, Canada 07-29-10
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    "Book is read. The Narrator says the words..."

    .. He speaks into the microphone. The Analog is converted to Digital. These are converted into Files. These files are copied. The copies are stored on Audibles Server. Then people will pay to download this file. They will step through a credit card process. Using Audible's Download Manager the purchaser transfers it to their computer. The listener uses their ears to hear it. But something has gone wrong. The solution? They should use a checklist.

    If you liked that review then you will love this book. If you were unhappy reading my review then you better think twice about paying for this download.

    IF you are someone who loved Malcolm Gladwell's books then you have have read those and will consequently be disappointed at this uhh.. very dull utilitarian generic version almost punishing the reader/listener with a stern work assignment.
    The solution?
    Checklist. Use a checklist. Remove this from the Checklist.

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    John Chamblee, GA, United States 07-10-10
    John Chamblee, GA, United States 07-10-10 Member Since 2009

    I'm a lawyer and mediator. I represent businesses in disputes with their insurers and in other complex litigation. I also assist machinery companies and manufacturers (primarily international) with equipment sales, non-disclosure agreements, and business issues. I also mediate commercial disputes.

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    "Good Book"

    There is a lot of interesting information here. The book points out the need for adopting checklists and procedures for avoiding basic errors across many professions and businesses. Very well done. My only reservation is that it is a little repetitive at some points.

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    Vivek Auburn, MA, United States 01-16-10
    Vivek Auburn, MA, United States 01-16-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Simple yet profound idea. Very well presented."

    Once again, Atul Gawande has put forth a very impressive narrative. Yes, people associated with medicine would like this book but, the premise of this book reaches far beyond that. Dr. Gawande has put his argument in the book in a lucid and convincing manner. If you have ever asked :How can I do my tasks a little better? Checklist Manifesto is your answer! The book has made a profound change in how I think about my day to day tasks.

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